Saturday, July 30, 2011
The sculpture is basically finished as far as Barry is concerned. Now the piece, which is over 10 feet tall, will dry. Once ready for the mold, they will take a mold of it and then cast the mold in bronze. That is how the sculpture is transformed from its original version to its final finished form. Beautiful!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Morning of July 27, 2011. See the little orange maquette silently watching. Barry continues to work hard.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The stone yard, that's where you most need masks to protect your lungs and eyes. Barry was supposed to have stone and bronze on his artwork, but there was an error in communication and he ended up working with bronze only. This is okay though because with stone, there is too much hard material to work with. You know what I mean?
Monday, July 25, 2011
In 2008, Barry flew to Changchun to create the pieces you see here in this photo. He calls his trip to the park "A Visit to See an Old Friend". The over 10 feet tall sculpture is a two piece, one made with bronze and the other with stainless steel. Barry saw his artworks placed nicely and exhibited proudly on the grounds of Changchun's Sculpture Park. It must be a good feeling to see so much appreciation for one's work. I love this two piece sculpture.
This is some real hard work. Lugging heavy clay up on the scaffolding and maneuvering it to its proper place on the hulking piece is not easy (I say). By the way, this is Maggie, Barry's wife. I'm posting the pictures that Barry sends me because he cannot access google blog from China. This photo shows how much hard work building a sculpture can be. Look at the muscles in Barry's arms.
Bar stands with fellow sculptor from a small country called San Marino, a little independent country within Italy. I looked up the country and they have almost zero unemployment rate. I don't know what Dorothea's sculpture is going to be, but she looks like she's been hard at work on it.
It looks like they are having so much fun, right? Well, what they have is harmony in their work. Barry's assistant, Xiao, is a college student. Most of the assistants assigned to work with the artists are students of a nearby university. Barry tells me that Xiao works hard and is always eager to do more. Such help and company always lightens the workload.
In the last few days, I have received several pictures from Barry. I should have posted them as soon as I received them from Bar, but ah well, what can I say? This is a photo of Bar working, building. It's not all glamour you know. There's a lot of grunt work that goes hand in hand with beautiful artwork.
This is Maggie. I am writing for my husband, Barry, who is in China working to create the sculpture that was selected by the organizing committee of the Twelfth Sculpture Symposium in Changchun. When done, this piece will be over 14 feet tall and will be all bronze.
Barry is one of 104 artists selected among over 400 who submitted works for consideration in the symposium. This may be the largest symposium in Changchun with over 96 countries represented. The Symposium will culminate in a Conference scheduled for September 1-2, 2011.
I hope you will enjoy this post. I hope to continue to add more pictures as Barry sends them to me. You see, he cannot access google blog from China because of the current blocks in place. Enjoy!